Bill Sizemore, executive director of the Oregon Taxpayers Union, will be guest speaker at National Day of Prayer activities at the courthouse gazebo at noon, Thursday, May 1. A kickoff breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. that morning at the Best Western Motel.
The noon gathering will also include prayer, worship and finger foods and drinks.
The National Day of Prayer event will be preceded on Wednesday at 7 p.m. by a youth rally at the gazebo. Live music, worship with teens ministering to teens, a free drawing, and snack foods are all part of the youth get-together. Teens are encouraged to come and bring along a friend.
Len Lindsley, National Day of Prayer director for Wallowa County, said he is excited that Bill Sizemore has accepted the opportunity "to come to our beautiful county and speak on this most blessed day." Lindsley calls the day one in which "our nation and community come together in unified prayer."
Sizemore, a resicent of Beavercreek, is a registered independent who was a Republican candidate for governor in 1998. He is considered one of the foremost experts on the initiative process in the nation, having placed dozens of measures on the statewide ballot in Oregon.
Raised in the logging communities of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, Sizemore moved to Portland in 1972. He is a graduate of Portland Bible College, where he taught basic doctrine and Old Testament history for two years. On the side he does a daily one-hour political commentary show on KKGT Great Talk 1150 AM, a Portland radio station.
Sizemore and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of four children, ages 8 to 13.